Police: Gun-wielding man 'targeted' victims

No one hurt in Mountain View home invasion robbery

Two Mountain View men received a frightening wake-up call early Thursday morning, when a man with a gun entered their bedroom and demanded cash, police said. No one was hurt in the incident.

The victims -- who share a room in an apartment in the 2200 block of Rock Street -- reported the crime at 4:35 a.m. on April 26. The men told officers that they awoke at about 3:30 a.m. to find the robber standing in the middle of their shared bedroom, pointing a black revolver back and forth between the two of them, said Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Police Department.

The gunman reportedly told the men to give him money. After the two men handed over a cell phone (valued at about $70) and all the money in their wallets (less than $200), the gunman walked out of the apartment, Wylie said. When the two victims were certain the robber was gone, they woke up their other roommates -- three men who were sleeping in other rooms but were not stirred by the robbery -- and talked about the incident before reporting it to police, "hence the delay between when it occurred and when we were called," Wylie wrote in an email to the Voice.

The men told police they did not recognize the robber, who was illuminated by a TV that was on in the room, Wylie said. They described him as a Hispanic man, about 20 years old, short and of medium build, wearing a black jacket and dark blue jeans.

"We are not sure of the motive of this case, and it is actively being investigated," according to Wylie. "But this does not appear to be a random attack at all. These two victims appear to have been chosen or targeted for some reason."

Police believe the gunman entered through the apartment's unlocked front door.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

After many years of living in EPA, there's so much that I can read between the lines & I'm betting most of it's accurate. But all I'll right now is that I'm glad no one was hurt.

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